September 29, 2016
6th Grade — Language Arts

Reading, writing, and social studies are taught in an integrated course called humanities. The content is guided by essential questions that inform reading material selections, study trips, research projects, and presentations. Teachers collaborate with other departments to further extend the cross-curricular nature of the humanities program, fully integrating the themes of the course into the arts, sciences, and mathematics.

  • Genre Focus:
  • Fiction
  • Expository texts
  • Independent reading
  • Reading Analysis Strategies:
  • In text written analysis
  • I think, I feel, I wonder, I predict,
  • This reminds me of…because
  • Citations:
  • MLA citations for books, websites, encyclopedias
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Analytical discussions of literature
  • Note taking
  • Analytical charts
  • Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop
  • Writing Conventions:
  • 6+1 Traits: Ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions (spelling, punctuation, etc.)
  • Daily grammar practice
  • Vocabulary development
  • Units of Study:
  • Personal narrative
  • Elements of fiction
  • Literature response and analysis
  • Thesis driven academic paragraphs
  • Thesis based personal essay
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop
  • 6+1 Traits
  • Keyboarding
  • Membean Vocabulary